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Ghana coach Appiah insists Black Stars will improve despite outstanding display

Published on: 29 January 2013

Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah insists his side will continue to improve after Ghana saw off Niger to top Group B and set-up a quarter-final clash with Cape Verde.

Appiah kept faith with ex-Sunderland forward Asamoah Gyan, who scored one and made two at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

And Appiah believes his side will step up another gear in the knock-out stages, having increasingly improved throughout Group B against DR Congo, Mali and Niger respectively.

“We have a new team, a developing team and I would say we are improving,” said Appiah. “We are halfway there.

“We stepped up our game and won against a good Niger team, we hope to do better as we progress in this competition.

“Of course I am delighted we are in the quarter-finals but we now have a very hard match against Cape Verde ahead of us and that will not be easy.”

Domestic media in Ghana were calling for Gyan to be dropped after a slow start to the tournament, but the Black Stars captain opened the scoring within five minutes.

Niger felt rightly aggrieved early on as Koffi Dan Kowa’s strike was ruled out for a Moussa Maazou push on Ghana keeper Fatau Dauda.

The former Black Cats forward found Christian Atsu to double Ghana’s lead and immediately after the interval his header was parried by keeper Daouda Kassaly, allowing John Boye to tap-in.

Comments

  • African Consciousness says:
    January 29, 2013 04:37 am
    Coach protect all your players. Let the players compete and go hard at practice but no injuries please. The Black Stars have from now till Saturday for their next game but you must do whatever it takes to make sure there are no injuries that can be avoided. You know the kind that results from reckless or ill timed tackles. We need every player so protect them.
  • Goro says:
    January 29, 2013 05:48 am
    Ghanasoccernet, do you pay your journalists at all or are they volunteers who work for no pay? See, you mostly forget to edit your articles after you have copied from other sources and pasted on GSN. Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V seems to be the only journalism this writer has studied. See below as part of the above article: La Liga wrap: Barcelona’s Messi overshadows Ronaldo – again! The latest Premier League news All of the latest football transfer gossip
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    January 29, 2013 06:15 am
    I DONT KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE CAPEVERDEANS, NOR DID I WATCH ANY OF THEIR GAMES. MY ONLY ADVICE. AA SHOULD SIT DOWN WITH HIS TECH PPL AND WATCH ALL 3 OF CAPE VERDE'S GAMES IN THIS TOURNEY. ESP, THE CAPEVERDE VS ANGOLA GAME. THEY CAN USE THAT TO PREPARE ADEQUATELY FOR THE CAPEVERDEANS.... KASA, BADU, ATSU MUST ALL BE ABLE TO TAKE FREE KICKS AND CORNER KICKS. aa, wat is the point of keeping your MVP PLAYERS LIKE BADU, VORSAH, KASA, GYAN STILL IN THIS GAME? ARE U CRAZY...? SUB THEM. U ARE 3 NIL UP. GIVE THEM TIME TO REST FOR THE NEXT GAME AHEAD. NIPA Y3 BAD. YOUR OPPONENTS MAY WANT TO INJURE YOUR BEST PLAYERS. WE NEED THE PLAYERS TO BE MORE DISCIPLINED IN THEIR PLAY AND TACKLES. LESS FOUL$, MORE SHOT$ ON GOAL. TIGHTEN UP THE DEFENCE....TIGHTEN UP THE DEFENCE.....TIGHTEN UP THE DEFENCE..... STRIKERS/attackers win you a match, DEFENDERS win you a tournament. AA MUST STRIVE FOR PERFECTION!. STRIVE FOR PERFECTION!
  • Troy says:
    January 29, 2013 08:00 am
    @GHFOUR, The coach can only make 3 changes so what's with this plenty MVP's? Is it a friendly match? And why do u keep copying and pasting your old comments in recent articles? Didn't he sub Gyan? Kasa? And Rabiu?
  • OSCAR says:
    January 29, 2013 09:50 am
    I HAVE SUPPORTED AKWASI APPIAH FROM DAY 1 AND I AM HAPPY FOR HIM FOR MAKING THINGS GO GOOD.WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT HIM IS HIS HUMILITY AND HE LISTENS UNLIKE THOSE OYIBO COACHES WHO THINK THEY KNOW IT ALL.FROM FIRST MATCH TO THE THIRD MATCH HE KEEPS IMPROVING.I THINK HE CAN DO BETTER WHEN THE INTRUDERS DOESN`T TRY TO PULL HIM DOWN.AKWASI BEING A COACH EVEN IMPROVES THE GHANAIAN ECONOMY.....DOMESTICATION FOR LIFE.GOD BLESS GHANA
  • Agenda says:
    January 29, 2013 10:15 am
    @Troy!! Say it again,boy. In fact he's gud but these days constant repetition,unnecessary criticism n somewhat 'too knowing' has made him BORING to read! You'd only need to ignore him to the next comment.
  • apple says:
    January 29, 2013 12:05 pm
    @gh fuo masssa u talk too much. Troy is right he is always pastng same articles everywherre. This guy dey rush.